|Evelyn Hemmings Chambers
Evelyn Hemmings Chambers played a significant role
in the early years of the family business, Clipper Exxpress, handling
the early internal affairs and administration of the office at the
Pennsylvania Railroad yards. Her husband, Jerry, recalled, “My
wife helped me with the company for the first eight years. I remember,
I was drawing a salary and she wasn’t.” While her husband
was fighting in World War II, Evelyn ran the business alone.
After the war, Evelyn devoted herself to charitable endeavors.
She was the first woman to become a member of the Vestry at the
Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, Illinois. She was also
an active member of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, and was President
of the Midwestern Antiques Club.
Her commitment to participating in and being part of her community
was a seamless piece of who she was. A true philanthropist, Evelyn
was a great supporter of the arts and charitable organizations in
Chicago and the California Bay Area. The women and girls of Colorado
benefited from Evelyn’s philanthropy as well. She supported
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and served on the Chambers Family Fund Board
of Directors until her death.
Evelyn Chambers passed away March 28, 2001 at age 90. She was an
inspiration to all who knew her, setting many fine examples of community
participation and charitable giving and exemplifying the joy of
philanthropy. Her many achievements and service to her community
shed a calm and gentle light through all her days. Her work is done,
her plan has been fulfilled, and her life has counted. We miss her.
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